No one – clients or owners alike – like a dirty range. But more importantly, the presence of lead and unexploded gun powder is a serious risk to your range and the people who use it. Precision developed its process over the course of its twenty years of cleaning gun ranges, noting which techniques are effective and which are not. The results of our cleaning process shows that lead levels meet the acceptable standards dictated by EPA and OSHA standards.
Before cleaning, we use a broom or shop vacuum to remove any bullet fragments, brass, spent bullet projectiles, dirt, shotgun wads, shotgun shell casings and trash so that the metal fragments do not damage the three-stage HEPA filtration system. We will also remove any piles of dirt or trash with a shovel and bucket.
Next, Precision vacuums all surfaces with a HEPA-filtered vacuum, using several brush attachments to remove dust in several areas. Typically, we use an attachment with stiff bristles to loosen dust, allowing for the suction to remove it from the surface. Then Precision disposes of the three-stage filtration system and piles of trash and debris as hazardous waste.
Once the floor has been vacuumed, we will clean the floor with our auto scrubbers, along witha mop solution with soap designed to remove heavy metals in the machines. This multi-purpose, concentrated, low sudsing, phosphate-free cleaning formula quickly lifts and suspends metals, grease, oil, dirt, paint dust and firing range residue in a single application. All lead contaminated material – including safety gear, trash, debris, recovered water and filters – will be placed into a DOT-approved container and disposes of by a properly licenses transporter.
When working at a gun range, we clean the floors until they are absolutely clean. We test water samples from each round of cleaning for dirt concentrations to determine if the floor needs to be cleaned again.
The two samples on the left are obviously dirty, which meant we cleaned the floor again. The sample on the right, from the last cleaning, is only cloudy from the presence of the cleaning solution. Precision uses this metric determine if the floors will meet both cleaning standards and the ghost wipe sampling standards.
All team members wear Tyvek suits, gloves and disposable shoe covers. The Tyvek suits provides a complete covering system, and shoe covers are replaced periodically as we work our way through the range to prevent any cross contamination. The suits are made of breathable fabric to reduce the potential for worker heat stress. If visibly contaminated with dust or chips, protective clothing will be vacuumed before it is removed. We also use personal air monitors to ensure that our respirators provide an adequate level of protection.
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